How much can holy water be diluted?
The short answer is 49%.
The rubrics for Baptismal Water are the same as those pertaining to Holy Water in this circumstance.
CHAPTER I: RULES FOR ADMINISTERING BAPTISM
If the baptismal water has so diminished that it is foreseen it will not suffice, unblessed water may be added even repeatedly, but in lesser ...
The ritual the O.P. is describing is a typical blessing of ordinary objects, of which there are many examples in the Shorter Roman Ritual, for example. (Keep in mind that there is no set “rite” for blessings of this kind—the ritual is indicative, not binding.)
The blessing of a “normal” object does not turn it into a sacramental or (better said) a sacred ...
Your question really deals with that of all blessed objects. Holy water is a sacramental of the Catholic Church.
Holy water should be treated like any other blessed sacramental object that is at our disposal!
As Catholics, we are accustomed to having religious objects “blessed,” which signifies the permanent sanctification and dedication of an object for ...
The inscription on the cross is common of a Saint Benedict Medal
Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur
May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death
St. Benedict Medal (Wikipedia)
And the person in Biblical Dress is probably St. Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Benedictine Order, an ancient order of religious brothers from Italy.
Let's try to answer the individual parts of your question.
Individual copies of the Bible are not sacramentals of themselves. Catholic practice require all sacramentals to be treated with special reverence, and there is no such requirement for Bibles. A copy of the Bible could be blessed and become a sacramental, in the same way as other things.
The Bible ...
Yes , the laity are permitted to use exorcised salt or any other sacramental that the Church has for their disposition.
Unfortunately the Ordinary Rite has no provision for this blessing in the new "Rituale". That said, it is possible to find priests of the Extraordinary Rite to pronounce the blessing for you. Some priests of the Ordinary Rite are ...
The traditional (pre-Vatican II) blessing for holy water in the Rituale Romanum (Roman Ritual) includes exorcisms of salt and water:
1. On Sundays, or whenever this blessing takes place, salt and fresh water are prepared in the church or in the sacristy. The priest, vested in surplice and purple stole, says:
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who ...
Sacramentals can lose their blessing for a number of reasons.
"Items lose their blessing or consecration if they are desecrated, if they are substantially broken such that they can no longer be used for their sacred purpose, or if they are publicly sold. If an item is sold by one individual to another for only the price of the material itself, that is, if ...
Are things commonly blessed by priests at certain times of the year appropriate to bring to a priest for a special blessing?
The short answer is yes.
But before doing so make arrangements with your pastor or priest before doing so.
This is something I do, not on a regular basis, but now and again.
As far as I am aware table salt and saltpetre are ...
If a priest blesses salt and oil, but does not use the prescribed prayer, but used his own wording, is the blessing valid?
The short answer is yes.
But there is a caveat to my response.
Rome allows objects to be blessed by deacons, priests and bishops. The traditional method would be to use the prayers contained in the Rituale Romanum, making a sign of ...
It is definitely a what most Catholics familiar with sacramentals call a St. Benedict’s Cross. In reality it should be called a St. Benedict Crucifix.
Sounds like you found a Catholic sacramental and not a relic at all!
The three holes in the cross were there to hold the corpus attached the cross. The corpus being the body of Jesus on the Cross.
Interestingly, the only time the word medals is mentioned in the ARTICLE 1 - SACRAMENTALS of the CCC is under the Popular Piety section,
(italic is mine)
1674 Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must
take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the
faithful. The religious sense of the ...
Sacramentals are defined in 1917 canons 1144-5 (cf. 1983 canons 1166-7):
The Sacramentals are objects or actions resembling the Sacraments which the Church makes use of by way of intercession to obtain especially spiritual effects.[Latin:] Sacramentalia sunt res aut actiones quibus Ecclesia, in aliquam Sacramentorum imitationem, uti solet ad obtinendos ...
Some shrines, like the Shrine of Padre Pio Chapel in Quezon City,
distribute holy water in bottles for Catholics who want some.
In Italy more or less all churches used to distribute holy water in bottles. According to my knowledge there isn't a correct way for using or for handle, the only thing is to use and treat with respect.
Source: my knowledge.